Three Kashmiri students studying at Doaba Group of Colleges (DGC) at Kharar in Mohali suffered injuries after they were allegedly beaten by a group of youth including few fellow students on Friday afternoon inside the college premises. Police said personal enmity could be the cause of the incident.
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The incident prompted J&K government officials to speak to their Punjab counterparts, urging them to take action against the perpetrators.
“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been informed about the incident. The CM’s office is also monitoring the situation and they have already taken up the matter with the Punjab police and college authorities,” the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed Para told Chandigarh Newsline.
“We are in touch with the local police so that those people responsible for the incident are punished. Our resident commissioner in Delhi has also spoken to senior police officials in Punjab about the issue, “said J&K government’s representative in Chandigarh Dr Inderjot Singh.
According to the Kashmiri students, the incident happened on Friday afternoon when they were going to sit for an exam. Suddenly a group of youth armed with sharp weapons attacked them. The incident resulted in injuries to three out of which one suffered serious injuries on his face and head.
Those injured have been identified as Haris Shakeel, a B.Tech student, Arshid Amin and Owais Aziz also pursuing engineering courses at the college. Shakeel who suffered serious injuries was initially shifted to the civil hospital in Kharar, from where he was referred to the Government Medical College & Hospital in Sector 32, for further treatment. He was discharged from the hospital late night.
Shakeel told Chandigarh Newsline that a group of youth attacked him without any reason. “I was going to sit in the exam. A group came and started thrashing me. I missed by examination as well,” he said.
Another Kashmiri student said a few days ago, a scuffle took place between a Kashmiri student and non-Kashmiri students which might have led to Friday’s incident. “There are some outsiders who are involved in the incident. We are worried about our safety,” he said.
Police officials said that the cause of the fight could be personal enmity. “We got information about the incident from the hospital authorities. Yesterday, the boy who was injured didn’t agree to give a written complaint. We are investigating the matter further,” said SHO Police Station(PS) Kharar Inspector Desh Raj.
“Some outsiders entered into the campus and left quickly,” said Chief Administrative Officer of the college SS Kalmodia. He said that no senior college authority official was present in the college when the incident happened.
When asked how the outsiders managed to enter into the college, he said, “They entered into the college from the rear where there is a path towards a village. We have already informed the police about the incident. There are some college students involved in this as well.”
Meanwhile, the police on Saturday evening registered an FIR against the accused college students. In the FIR, they have named four people along with others. The case has been registered in Kharar police station under Sections 233, 341, 294, 506, 149 IPC. Though no one has been arrested so far, but the police said they will get the addresses of accused from the college in order to nab them.